Coonan says drop in jobless figure shows policy is working

Deputy Noel Conan, has said that the 19 per cent drop in the Live Register figure in North Tipperary and the 18 per cent drop in South Tipperary since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs shows that the economy is recovering and that the Government’s plan to create jobs is working.

Deputy Noel Conan, has said that the 19 per cent drop in the Live Register figure in North Tipperary and the 18 per cent drop in South Tipperary since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs shows that the economy is recovering and that the Government’s plan to create jobs is working.

“Nationally the latest CSO Live Register figures show that the unemployment rate has dropped to 10.7 per cent from a high of 15.1 per cent in 2012. Too many people are still out of work but we are moving in the right direction,” said Deputy Coonan.

“In Tipperary, the numbers on the Live Register have fallen from 16,883 to 13,835 since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in 2012 – a decrease of 36 per cent. Nationally, almost 80,000 jobs have been created, the recovery is broadening across the country, including Tipperary.

“Thanks to the sacrifices people have made, it is now possible for the Government to cut taxes to help people in work. Every household with somebody in full-time work will be a bit better off from January. We’re committed to reducing personal taxation, to putting money back in people pockets and to growing the economy.

“This Government has made great strides, as is evident from the Live Register figures, but the current high rates of personal taxation need further reform. We need to continue to make work pay and ensure that people in all parts of the country feel the benefit of the growing economy in their pockets and in their lives. That is what we intend to do next year and into the future.

“These figures give us confidence that if we stick with the plan, we can ensure that people’s sacrifices are not wasted, and that we can deliver a consistent, sustainable jobs recovery in Tipperary and right across the country, ” said Deputy Coonan.